Could Leptin Help You Conceive?

hypothalamic amenorrheaAre you a hard core runner, dancer or have an extremely lean body? 

If so, chances are that you may be experiencing a condition called hypothalamic amenorrhea.  The symptoms for this problem are the lack of a monthly period, hormonal imbalances, infertility and loss of bone density. 

The good news here is that there is some exciting new research that will give those with hypothalamic amenorrhea some new hope of becoming pregnant and having a family of their own!

The findings to this study were just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and have fertility doctors everywhere excited to add it to the TTC (trying to conceive) options available to women.

The study was set up as a double blind, placebo controlled trial that included twenty women between the ages of 18-35.  All of the women had been diagnosed with hypothalamic amenorrhea and had been experiencing the common symptoms: imbalanced hormones, no period and low bone density.  The women were all health conscious college students, many of them avid runners.

For nine months, the women in the study were given a daily injection of either the synthetic hormone, leptin, or a placebo without changing anything else in their daily routines.  What they found, according to the doctors and researchers, was both dramatic and conclusive in its results.

After only one month.......out of the 10 women who were receiving leptin, seven of them had already gotten their period and four of the women were even ovulating as well!

Researchers are now convinced that the leptin levels in a woman’s body can determine how likely they are to become pregnant.  Too little of this hormone keeps the woman’s reproductive system from being fertility ready.  It is so exciting to think that by just adding leptin, these same women could be moms in the near future!


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